Barentshav-class offshore patrol vessel

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Ryndam and Bergen.JPG
NoCGV Bergen in front of the Holland America Line cruiseship MS Ryndam
Class overview
Name: Barentshav class
Builders: Myklebust Verft
Operators:  Royal Norwegian Navy
In commission: 2009-
Planned: 3
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 3,200 long tons (3,251 t)
Length: 303 ft (92 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Draught: 20 ft (6.1 m)
  • Bergen Diesel B32 engine
  • →4000 kilowatts
  • Gas generator sets 3 × Mitsubishi GS16R-MPTK, 1 × GS12R-MPTK
  • →3237 kilowatts
  • Auxiliary engine Mitsubishi S6A3-MPTA
  • →350 kilowatts
  • 16.5 knots (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h) (gas)
  • 18.5 knots (21.3 mph; 34.3 km/h) (diesel)
  • Over 20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (combined gas/diesel)
Complement: 8 officers (combination of civilian and military) and 8 conscripts, designed for a crew of 40
Armament: Bofors 40 mm gun
  • Bollard pull: 110 tons
  • Deck equipment: Rolls Royce towing winch, 250 ton breaking capacity
  • Deck crane, SWL 8 tons at 6.3 m extension

The Barentshav class of offshore patrol vessels consists of three vessels powered by liquefied natural gas. Ordered for the Norwegian Coast Guard, their main tasks are EEZ patrol, fishery inspection, search and rescue as well as tug readiness along the shore of Norway which is seeing increasing traffic from tankers.


The vessels are of the Vik-Sandvik design VS 794 CGV, and were built by Myklebust Verft and operated by Remøy Management on behalf of the Norwegian Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard expects a 90% decrease in NOx fume releases, and a 20% decrease in CO2 releases compared to a conventionally powered vessel of similar size.

The ships are set to replace NoCGV Chieftain, Tromsø and Stålbas. Chieftain‍ '​s lease contract expired at the end of 2007, Tromsø‍ '​s contract expired on the 20 March 2007, whereas Stålbas‍ '​ contract expired at the end of 2006. NoCGV Barentshav was delivered in August 2009, and was followed by Bergen and Sortland in late 2009/early 2010 and 2010.

The Barentshav class is equipped for the NATO Submarine Rescue System.


Barentshav class
# Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
W340 Barentshav August 2009
W341 Bergen 10 April 2010
W342 Sortland 14 July 2010

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